Infrared Imager Based on a Novel Thermal-to-Visible Transducer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$749,935.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-05-C-0260
Agency Tracking Number:
02-0316
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
SCIENCE RESEARCH LABORATORY, INC.
15 WARD STREET, SOMERVILLE, MA, 02143
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
106771140
Principal Investigator:
Allen Flusberg
Principal Investigator
(617) 547-1122
aflusberg@srl.com
Business Contact:
Jonah Jacob
President
(617) 547-1122
jjacob@srl.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Science Research Laboratory (SRL) proposes to develop a novel uncooled thermal-to-visible transducer (TVT) that will revolutionize long-wavelength-infrared (LWIR) imaging. This new instrument is characterized by (1) lower power consumption and heating than existing IR bolometers; (2) immunity to image retention; (3) potential for a curved focal-plane array that can increase instrument sensitivity; (4) infrequent recalibration-a result of less heating; (5) the incorporation of standard CCD arrays, making operation vastly simpler than that of conventional IR cameras; (6) an intrinsic capability of hardening to >1000 g on all three axes; (7) excellent sensitivity (NETD 5-40 mK); (8) a revolutionarily low cost of $20-$40 for the sensor module and $300 for the camera, many times less expensive than existing instruments; (8) Potential for fusion of visible and thermal IR images, the two images being automatically registered and boresighted. In Phase II SRL will fabricate requisite structures and use them to conduct proof-of-principle demonstrations of the technology.

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